Lawmaker wants overseas 228 events to be organized by government

Los Angeles--A lawmaker of Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suggested at a 228 Incident commemorative event in California on Saturday that such activities overseas should be organized by Taiwan's government instead of a civil group.

All such commemorative events in Taiwan are sponsored by the country, said Chen Ting-fei (???) at the Los Angeles event marking the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident, a deadly government crackdown on an anti-government uprising that began on Feb. 28, 1947.

Under the formula, any overseas activities commemorating the 228 Incident should be organized by government agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, instead of by civil groups with the help of Taiwan's representative offices in foreign countries, Chen argued.

"Only by doing so can the value of such commemorative events be enhanced," Chen said.

The event to remember the 228 Incident's 70th anniversary was sponsored by the Taiwan Center Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, which serves the Taiwanese American community in southern California.

The event drew U.S. House Representative Judy Chu (???), the first Chinese-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress, and Steve Hsia (???), Taiwan's representative in Los Angeles.

Addressing the assembly, Chu said the United States very much values the appeals brought up during a peaceful rally, and it is very important that people can speak their minds freely, calling such a freedom "universal."

Hsia said the government formally apologized in 1995 for the 228 Incident, and it has never stopped facing up to the historical facts and reflected on its actions and shouldered responsibility.

"Efforts by the government to pursue the truth have never ceased," he said.

Tens of thousands of people were killed during the Kuomintang (KMT)-led government's crackdown on the local population in 1947, which was triggered by a bloody clash between governmental officials and an illegal cigarette vendor on Feb. 27 of that year.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel